Long-term food storage is an issue that survivalists must successfully deal with in case the worst should occur. However, while many foods can be stored for long periods of time at room temperature, there are still threats that must be dealt with to keep the food fresh and intact. Rodents are probably the worst threat that survivalists will face in terms of protecting their food supply. Mice and rats are crafty, determined creatures that can make their way into your food even when it’s well protected.
Here are three proven ways you can deter mice and rats from getting into your food supply without using poisons. Each of these methods are simple, safe, and deter rodents from trying to get to your food. Plus, they are based on rodents find food by using their sense of smell. By deterring that, rodents will not become interested in what you are storing.
1. Spearmint or Peppermint
You can find these plants practically everywhere and they are dirt cheap to purchase if you want to protect the area where you store the food. If you use an outside storage barn or shed, grow the plants around it and place some dry leaves inside. The odor that emanates from either plant irritates the nasal passages of rodents and they stay away as a result. You should replace the dried leaves inside every month or two, but remember that this is only part of your rodent deterrent system.
2. Plastic Storage Bins w/Sealed Lids
Good, solid plastic storage bins are difficult for rodents to break into when properly sealed. But more importantly, they do not let off the amount of odor compared to many other food containers. Plastic storage bins are relatively inexpensive, easy to use, and when combined with a few dried spearmint or peppermint leaves will make it difficult for the rodents to know that you have food contained inside. It helps to check the bins on a regular basis to ensure that no rodents have entered the area.
3. Get a Cat
Cats are the natural deterrent to rodents and if you have properly protected your bins, the cats will help ensure that rodents stay well away from the area. If your storage area is a barn or shed, a cat or two outside will keep the rodents from getting near the structure. However, if you are storing food inside your home, then you’ll want to grant your cat access to these areas. If you have done your job, then the cat will not have to do much to protect your food supply. If you have an allergy to cats, a rat terrier was bred to kill rats and they make good pets.
Be sure to maintain the cleanliness of the area where you keep your food. Also, be sure to walk around and inside it every so often which will help keep rodents away. These three methods will help you keep your food supply clear of rodents so that if the worst should occur, you can trust that your food will be safe and secure.